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    November 13, 2012
    4:30 - 5:00am EST  

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simpson's attorney says she was acting in self-defense. in just a few hours, students plan to learn which d.c. public schools they plan to shut down. a source tells news 4 as many as 19 schools could be on the list. they're being targeted because of low enrollment and poor performance. this is the first major round of school closures since 2008, when then chancellor michelle rhee closed 12 schools. d.c. chief kenneth ellerbe says they don't have enough staffing. so he's changing the rules to put more paramedics on the street during the busiest hours. not everyone is convinced it will work. >> monday through thursday may look good on paper, but a friday and saturday night in the
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summertime, everyone knows there's a high demand between 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. >> this proposal has lots of hurdles to clear. chief ellerbe has to meet with union leaders to clear the plan and has to get approval from d.c. city council before any plan takes effect. >> time for weather and traffic on the ones. as you mentioned, we're starting rainy and a bit cooler. not a great day to start. >> big contrast to yesterday. it's an umbrella morning and chilly. you'll need your winter coat. a big area of rain that stretches through the carolinas, virginia, maryland, the district. right into pennsylvania, new york state, and new england. this is slowly making its way off to the east. right now through the metro area, it is all wet. east and west virginia, the northern district and maryland, these showers tracking to the north and east. the areas where you see the darker green, coming down harder in the yellow zone. moderate rain hagerstown east of frederick. that's passing northeast, should
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be moving through the rest of frederick county over the next half hour or so. elsewhere, just wet and chilly, and a lot of leaves came down. so the sidewalks are slippery with the rain and wind that's been gusting to around 30 miles an hour. feeling a lot colder than the 40s where we are right now. for the morning hours, yes, it's going to be chilly, breezy. we'll have temperatures holding steady for a couple of hours. we'll hold steady in the 40s for the rest of the day. a warmup on the way. sunrise 6:49. may get sun breaking out by later this afternoon. the rain should end by this morning. i'm back with a look at your evening and into next week coming up. danella with traffic, good morning. >> good morning. in the first 4 traffic office, i've been watching a lot of cameras in the area. what i'm seeing is a lot of rain coming down. what i want you to be aware of is not only are you dealing with rain on prince william parkway, but you're also dealing with
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slick road conditions because rain combined with leaves makes the local roads very slick. 395, still a wet commute. but 95 and 395, not seeing any accidents and no overnight construction. your travel lanes are open. i-270 at father hurley, very slick roadways. but as you make your way north and southbound, no issues to report. clear as you connect to the beltway. 4:33 now. news 4's angie goff is live at the desk with the growing petraeus scandal. >> yes, this investigation keeps getting bigger. the top u.s. commander in afghanistan is now under investigation in connection to the scandal that led to cia director david petraeus' resignation. general john allen is being investigated by the fbi for alleged inappropriate communication with the woman at the center of the petraeus scandal. investigators uncovered 20,000 to 30,000 pages of communication, mostly e-mails between allen and jill kelley.
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kelley is the longtime friend of the petraeus family who complained about being harassed by the woman petraeus had an affair with. a senior administration official denies allen committed any wrongdoing and expects to return to duty as commander in afghanistan as the investigation continues. this morning general allen is in washington, d.c., preparing for his senate confirmation hearing. aides close to allen say he didn't find out about all this in the investigation until tonight and the general will still appear his meetings scheduled on the hill today. and on the same topic this morning, the fbi will not say what it found at the home of the woman in the center of the david petraeus scandal. agents searched paula broadwell's home last night. they left with what appeared to be documents and paperwork. broadwell co-authored petraeus' biography. both of them admitted to having an affair that led to petraeus'
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resignation as head of the cia last week. and petraeus' friends and former colleagues saye was shocked to learn the fbi was looking into allegations broadwell sent threatening e-mails to another woman. the retired general insists his relationship with that woman was platonic even though broadwell apparently saw her as a romantic rival. meanwhile, the chair of the senate intelligence committee says she still plans to call petraeus to testify about the deadly attacks on the embassy in benghazi. they'll likely question him in a closed session. general petraeus was supposed to testify before the senate this week. lawmakers will try to reach a deal on a spending plan to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. they must reach an agreement by the end of the year to avoid billions of dollars in tax hikes and spending cuts. economists fear that could plunge our economy into a deep recession. president obama will discuss the
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issue with congressional leaders on friday. the man suspected of being the east coast rapist is expected to enter his first guilty plea in virginia today. aaron thomas is expected to take responsibility for the 2009 attack on three teenage trick or treaters in prince william county. he's accused of forcing them into the woods and raping two of them on halloween night. thomas is expected to enter a second guilty plea in loudoun county at the end of the month. both those cases carry life sentences. rescuers saved one person in a house fire in the district. it broke out at the 1700 block of benning road northeast. firefighters say the fire started in the kitchen causing heavy smoke. three people were taken to the hospital. they're expected to be okay. two cars struck and killed a 42-year-old woman trying to cross the street in prince george's county. it happened at the 3800 block of kenilworth avenue and bladensburg.
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the victim, mary harding, was not in the crosswalk at the time. no word on whether the drivers will face any charges. and in montgomy county, a car hit another woman. she was walking across randolph road in silver spring when she was hit. investigators believe the woman was not in the crosswalk. the man did stay on the scene. his 10-year-old son was with him. federal investigators made disturbing findings at the massachusetts plant linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak. the fbi released a report saying they found leaky ceilings, insects, and even a bird inside the room where the drugs were stored. the company did not investigate at least 53 incidents of bacterial contaminations inside the facility. the lab is responsible for 19 deaths in the united states. they'll vote today on $500
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million for repairs from hurricane sandy. mayor michael bloomberg says the city has already spent more than $130 million on storm related relief. they'll keep gas rationing in place for now as it did help cut down on massive lines. 4:38. 46 degrees. ahead on "news 4 today," the scandal that has the man behind one of the sesame street's most popular characters off the job this morning.
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parts of italy are now under water as floodwaters swept through the region in tuscany. these same heavy rains put venice under water on sunday. >> scary situation for sure. 4:41 is the time for us right now. not nearly as dramatic as what we're seeing in europe right now, but it is wet out there. >> chilly and cold coming from a front. it's beginning to dry out in western maryland. cloud cover breaks out in parts
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of the ohio valley where temperatures are down in the 20s right now out there. out in west virginia, it's near freezing after the rain has stopped. but east where it is raining, we're generally in the 40s. we'll stay in the 40s throughout most of the day today. we'll be hovering in the upper 40s this morning back down to the mid-40s during the afternoon as we dry out. we'll have the rain ending by about 9:00 this morning. a look at the rest of the week and weekend in ten minutes. first 4 traffic with danella. good morning. >> good morning. we're looking at dry roads. not seeing any accidents or construction as you look at van dorn. as you cross over the wilson bridge and heading towards pennsylvania avenue, no issues here. continuing around the beltway in prince george's county, looping around montgomery county here. here's a live look at connecticut avenue. inner loop and outer loop, absolutely clear. i'm back in ten minutes. aaron and eun, over to you. still to come, the crime that has police trying to track down an eccentric software entrepreneur this morning.
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plus the latest honor for
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i'm angie goff at the news 4 live desk. a syrian jet bombed near the turkish border. it happened over the town, leaving people running for their lives. this is the second day of attacks in the area. the attacks continue as forces loyal to syrian president bashar al assad try to regain control of the area which fell to the rebels last week. one homeowner says his faulty furnace may have caused the deadly house explosion in indianapolis. the couple who lived next door died in the blast. investigators have been looking
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at gas meters and pipe lines trying to figure out what happened saturday night. they have not ruled anything out in the blast, which damaged 30 homes in the neighborhood. some of the 200 people evacuated have been allowed to return home. police believe a custody dispute is the cause of a murder/suicide that left five people dead in ohio. investigators found a man, his mother, and his three children dead inside of a garage yesterday. all five died from carbon monoxide poisoning. police say the children were living with their grandparents, but the parents were trying to regain custody. john mcafee says he is innocent but is wanted for questioning after his neighbor was found shot to death with this weekend. a tech website says mcafee is worried for his safety and fears he'll be murdered if he turns himself in. mcafee helped found mcafee
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anti-virus in 1987. the man behind elmo on sesame street is in jail on allegations he had sex with a 16-year-old boy. kevin clash has been the voice of elmo since the 1980s. the accuser, who is now 23, first made the charges in june. 52-year-old clash said the allegations are false and defamatory. he writes, "i had a relationship with the accuser. it was between two consenting adults, and i am deeply saddened that he is trying to characterize it as something other than what it was." the teens accused of murdering a cab driver were looking for money. investigators say 17-year-old linda berry and joshua mebain were staying in a hotel. they hailed a cab and killed the driver. take a look at this exclusive video from news 4. it shows police taking a
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19-year-old into custody after he was accused of making threats at montgomery college. he told friends he wanted to shoot people just for fun following a failed relationship. the friends alerted campus security, who called police. overnight we learned a florida man is now charged in connection with a crash that killed two people and injured three others in frederick county, maryland. the crash happened yesterday afternoon at route 75 and ed mcclain road in the monroe area. you can see the tractor-trailer loaded with oranges that overturned onto a pickup truck. two people inside the truck died on the scene. passengers in the truck and tractor-trailer were taken to the hospital. no word on their condition. police arrested the driver of the tractor-trailer watson pierre after he was released from the hospital last night. the nationals season might have ended on a disappointing note, but fans have a reason to celebrate this morning. bryce harper is the national league rookie of the year. harper, who turned 20 last month, is the youngest position player ever to win the award. pitcher dwight gooden was one month younger when he won it in
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1984. harper says he's honored but not satisfied with his rookie season. >> i'm never satisfied with any of my numbers. my biggest goal is winning the world series. this is amaze to go win this award and have this accolade, but i want to bripg a title back to d.c. that's our main goal as a team and as an organization. that's my biggest goal. >> harper narrowly beat out the arizona diamondbacks' wade miley for that award. >> that's why he's so good because he wants to get better all the time. he has a fighting spirit. i really feel like he's going to do it, bring home a championship for washington. >> it's good he understands that. at age 20, you're not the best you can be yet. you need to be better in order to win games. >> he's 20 years old. 20. so young. >> age is just a number, eun. >> i know. i'm saying, imagine how much better he's going to be in a couple of years. >> let's bring in storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein, looking at this cold rain this
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morning. >> what a change from yesterday. 70 degrees yesterday afternoon. >> oh, man. >> distant memory, fading into the past now. big change occurred. we had a cold front come through. low clouds cruising right over the washington monument. they're producing light rain in washington now. you can see the visibility is not too bad. reagan national with the rain at 48. and the wind coming in out of the north is blustery. steady at about 15, occasionally gusting to 20 to 25 miles an hour. so you'll need a winter coat and an umbrella. it is a blustery, chilly, wet morning. it is raining from the carolinas across virginia and into the district. most of maryland and pennsylvania all the way into new england. it's slowly creeping to the east. it's going to take a while, though, before this rain does eventually pull away from us. right now getting moderate showers, these areas in yellow and orange in frederick county, washington county, panhandle of west virginia and shenandoah valley. few pockets of rain from loudoun county from prince william and northern fauquier. this is traveling north and east
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and should be moving into the metro area over the next perhaps hour or so. we're going to have the heavier rain coming on through. a lot of leaves came down. streets and sidewalks are slippery. right now we're in the upper 30s in the shenandoah valley and near 40 degrees. out of the mountains of western maryland and parts of west virginia, it's near freezing now. closer to washington. it's in the mid-40s to upper 40s in the nearby suburbs in prince george's, arlington, fairfax, and montgomery counties. much of southern maryland near the bay hovering near 50. for the morning commute, you'll need an umbrella. rainy, chilly, by 6:00 a.m. still hovering in the upper 40s to mid-40s in the north and west. by noontime, all the rain over. should end by 9:00 or 10:00. cloudy and chilly for the lunch hour. winds still blustery, 20 miles an hour out of the north and west. we'll be holding steady in the 40s for the rest of the afternoon and down to near 40 by midnight and down to 30 by dawn tomorrow. by this time tomorrow morning,
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likely a widespread freeze under a clear sky. lots of sun tomorrow but highs only in the 40s to near 50. average high this time of year 59. we're not going to be anywhere near that for the next several days. cold mornings and chilly afternoons thursday, friday, and saturday. we may have a little disturbance off the atlantic seaboard sunday into monday. may give you some rain. stay tuned. we'll keep you posted on that. now with first 4 traffic, here's danella. good morning. >> thanks, tom. if you're about to head out of the house and even later action today is the day you have to be an alert driver. very slick road conditions. right now in our area, i'm not seeing any reports of accidents. this is the perfect weather for fender bender. let's take a live look at i-66 as you make your way eastbound. really westbound between hay market and the beltway, your travel lanes are open. no major congestion or accidents. let's talk about outside the beltway on 66, east falls church metro station, as you pass this area and make your way towards rosslyn. not seeing any construction and
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nothing to worry yourself about, but you do want to leave the house early and give yourself extra time. aaron, over to you. >> thank you, danella. today you'll get a pretty good idea of how much company you'll have on the road if you're heading out of town for thanksgiving. aaa will release its annual thanksgiving forecast. more than 22 million americans traveled 50 miles from home last thanksgiving weekend. that is historically the busiest travel weekend of the year. virginia state police are slowing down one program. police are scaling back on the aerial speed limit enforcement program because it's too expensive and uses too many resources. it involves small planes that cost $150 an hour or fuel and maintenance, and they require a specially trained trooper pilot as well as a trooper on the ground. it netted more than 5,000 tickets between 2000 and 2008. it only yielded 87 tickets since then. lamborghinis aren't usually known as inexpensive cars. >> its latest model certainly
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keeps that trend going. take a look. meet the 2013 adeventedor roadster. its price tag? a cool $445,000. this souped up machine boasts a 700 horsepower engine, can go from 0 to 60 in three seconds and top out at 217 miles per hour. so start saving your pennies now, and maybe you can buy it. you won't be able to buy it anywhere at 219 miles an hour. >> or eat anything or have a home or anything like that. our director curt nielsen said, blue you can get to work in 40 seconds. 4:54. ready to face the music. coming up at 5:10, the punishment this sidewalk driver will be carrying out today. [ boy 1 ] hey! that's the last crescent.
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many hotels have rooms available. they are requiring people to book tli or four nights. a record setting 1 million people attended the president's first inauguration in 2009. organizers are not expecting that amount next year. the inauguration is set for
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monday, january 21st, on martin luther king day. d.c.'s world war i memorial will remain property of the district. the federal government dropped its plan to take over the memorial and turn it into a national memorial. that memorial commemorates 500 d.c. citizens who fought in the war. eleanor holmes norton fought the nationalization of the memorial and says it is a victory for the district. >> the d.c. war memorial paid for withed blood and treasure of d.c. residents will remain exclusive dedicate d to the district world war i veterans. >> norton also pushed for more respect for the d.c. flag. a d.c. naval graduate noticed the flag wasn't flown at his graduation from great lakes last fall. norton encouraged them to use the d.c. flag at all ceremonies. a statue of the most
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decorated marine in u.s. history. a statue of lieutenant louis b. fuller stands on the grounds of the marine corps of quantico. he was born in west point, virginia, in 1898. he was awarded five iron crosses. he served in the korean war, world war ii, and other places as well. breaking news at this hour involving the ever breaking david petraeus scandal. the latest man targeted by the investigation. good morning, everyone. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome on this tuesday, november 13, 2012. we have rain in the region, cooler than yesterday. storm team 4 meteorologist tom

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